Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a long-time is a longtime ultrarunner who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, coaches, directs the non-profit Band of Runners, and drives her kids around in a minivan.


Not acclimatized 220/365


It was 96 degrees when I ran yesterday … at 5:30pm.  By 8:30, I was a useless sweaty pile on the kitchen floor. Eliot brought me cold watermelon and I ate it on my back. I sat up to drink some Tailwind, and then I spent another 10 minutes on the floor. Shoot. So much for being acclimated to the heat. The running itself wasn’t bad, just the aftermath. I ended up getting in bed and falling asleep after a popsicle. Not impressive.

Right now, I’m packing up for the drive with the kids to Silverton, Colorado to pace my friend Brian at Hardrock. I can’t wait to pace Brian. But I am dreading the drive with Ruby and Asa, the Bickering Howards. Keep your fingers crossed I keep my sanity — just enough to pace and make the return trip.

Juliet made it to the Bench of Despair at Vol State, mile 183. Just 131 miles to go!

What’s making me happy:


Running: 60 minutes easy with 4 x 20 seconds fast/2 min easy

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    Oh ugh! Wasn’t THAT hot here at least (glad I run in the AM, maybe in the winter I can do PM but tried a couple weeks ago and even 30 minutes was brutal). Watermelon, popsicles (and TW) for the win! Also, yay Eliot. (and yay sleeping super early(

    When I make a bottle of TW and have some left over, I make “ice cubes” of it in a silicone tray. Can then use them as “ice” in future TW, or, like this AM, pop one in my mouth on the way out the door for cooling and psyching myself out on sugar. I often have leftovers as I almost always make a full 24oz and don’t come close to finishing it, though I’m often trying to drink more and think “this time I did”..but no – as in Pam Smith’s recent column mention of “drinking delusion” – the delusion that you drink more on a run than actually you do.

    Go Juliet!!
    Have fun in Colorado, good luck with the kiddos.
    One wonders what exactly is so appealing to the hedgehog – is it a piece of cheese, cereal, sugar?